Fans of legendary Afro-rock band Osibisa will this year witness the re-launch of the group’s 1973 hit album ‘ Happy Little Children’ with the hit song ‘ Fire Will Burn You’ at the Alliance de Frances in East Legon in Accra.
Flying Elephant, a record label owned by Osibisa, is working with Scratch Studios, a music label based in Accra to launch the album.
Teddy Osei, the iconic saxophonist and leader of the Osibisa group is a patron of the Dream Child Foundation and a member of the board of directors of Scratch Studios. The collaboration of the two music outfits is expected to generate funds, out of which a huge percentage will be donated to the Dream Child Foundation to support the children.
The surviving members of Osibisa are expected to be in attendance.This re-launch will definitely resurrect the afro rock music which was made famous by this group.
Started in London in 1969, the original Osibisa set comprised Teddy Osei (from Ghana) – tenor sax, flute, percussion and vocals; Sol Amarfio (from Ghana) – drums; Mac Tontoh (from Ghana) – trumpet, flugel horn and Kabasa; Spartacus R (from Grenada) – bass guitar and assorted percussion, and Wendell Richardson (from Antigua).
Others were lead guitar and vocals Robert Bailey (from Trinidad) – organ, piano and timbales and Loughty Lasisi Amao (from Nigeria) – tenor sax, baritone sax and conga. Loughty died in 1988 in the United States after being shot by a neighbour during a quarrel.
Apart from the phenomenal Osibisa maiden album that came out in 1971, the band released several other great collections of songs including ‘ Woyaya’, ‘Heads’, ‘Best of’, ‘Superfly TNT’, ‘Happy Children’, ‘Osibirock’, ‘Wecome Home’ and ‘ Ojah Awake’.